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COACHES AND PARENTS ASSISTANCE COMMITEE
Coaching Staff

Ruby Carlsruh

Head Coach; Junior 3,LS Lead Coach

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Ruby was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, UT. She began swimming competitively at age 6. She came from a “swim family”, with all of her brothers and sisters dedicated to the sport. The family life was dedicated to the swim team, and she spent most of her youth on deck.

Ruby began her swimming career as a sprint freestyler, and then progressed to compete in mid-distance breaststroke and butterfly, taking the podium at the State Championships at the senior level. She was nominated and named 1st team All-State and 2nd team All-American Water Polo player. She trained with the Mountain West Zone water polo team to compete nationally for JO title.

Ruby went on to play water polo at the University of Utah where she also studied Art History. She spent all of her free time hiking, running, and snowboarding in the mountains behind her home. She also taught/coached snowboarding throughout her college career. During her time at the U of U, she coached the Skyline high school water polo team, taking them to the State Championships- placing 2nd. She also coached the Summer League Team that she had swam with every season- from ages 6-17yrs. 

Ruby has stayed close to the sport, and in recent years has competed in numerous triathlons, including a half-ironman.  She is also a student of the sport, as someone who loves to keep her nose in books by Sweetenham, Brooks (her childhood coach), and most recently- Coyle. She is an ASCA and USA certified coach and continues to maintain a high level of passion and drive season after season. Her swimmers have seen tremendous success, some going from bronze level to JO in a single season.  Needless to say…she loves swimming and has a deep passion for the sport. She has two children currently on the team and is 100% committed to the teams’ success. She has deep respect for technique and hard work.

Ruby has three children ages 11, 9, and 5. Her two boys and little girl are the lights of her life. They have a passion for life that has inspires her daily. She and her husband Sam are both born and raised Utahns. They moved to Hunterdon County with their three children 5 years ago and immediately fell in love with the area. They love to hike, bike, snowboard, and camp together as a family.

Kristen Lavery

Senior Lead Coach, Junior 3 Assistant

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Kristen grew up in Horsham, PA and started swimming competitively at the age of 8. As a child, she swam for a variety of teams, including all four years at Hatboro-Horsham High School, where she was a PIAA district- and state-qualifier and captain her senior year. Kristen also swam during her freshman year of college at The College of New Jersey. Career swimming highlights include All-American relay honors in high school and qualifying for YMCA nationals in 2004. Kristen began her coaching career in 2006 as an assistant coach with her old summer league team, and she has about 7 years of piecemeal experience between various summer leagues, YMCA, and USA teams.

Kristen joined the HCY coaching staff in Fall 2015 and has spent most of that time leading the top 12&Us. Of the 53 team records broken since she joined the staff, Kristen was the coach of record for 31—with another 18 being set by swimmers within 12 months of leaving her group, demonstrating her ability to prepare swimmers for the future. Under her guidance, the number of 12&Us qualified for silvers, states, and JOs nearly doubled at all levels by 2017 and 2018. The 12&Us also cracked 100 points at Y states in 2018 for the first time in 5 years. Additionally, Kristen coached 3 swimmers to Zones within the last 12 months, and she had another swimmer win a Special Olympics divisional championship!

In Spring 2018, Kristen began lead coaching the senior groups, and she is excited to work with HCY's most advanced swimmers-- several of whom swam for her previously. Kristen is currently an ASCA-certified Level 2 coach who takes pride in unlocking potential by fostering strong relationships with swimmers-- she believes that caring about the entire individual is paramount for swimmer success.

Kristen has a BA in Communication Studies from TCNJ and an MA in Health Communication from the University of Kentucky. In addition to coaching, she works as a Senior Medical Writer at a pharmaceutical advertising agency. She lives in Flemington with her husband, NJ 101.5 News Anchor Patrick Lavery, and their dog, Archie.

Nicole V Lewis

Junior 1&2 Lead Coach

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Nicole grew up locally, coming from Branchburg, NJ.  When she was five, she joined the HCY Stingrays, and swam with the team for 12 years, staying through her senior year of high school. She went to Somerville HS, swimming with the team all four years, was captain of the girls team during her senior year. Nicole recently graduated from Salisbury University in Maryland where she received her Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in Music. She started working at HCY 8 years ago as a swim instructor and continues to teach swim lessons and lifeguard. This is her second year as an HCY Coach.

Jennifer C Fischl

Senior Assistant Coach

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Jenn is originally from Westfield area. Jenn swam competitively in the summers throughout youth and high school at Manor Park in Westfield, NJ. Jenn swam competitively all four year of college as well as four years of college lacrosse at Kean University. She graduated with a B.A. in Elementary Education and English. After college she coached at the Westfield Y for 10 years, before getting married and moving to Hunterdon County. She has also coached high school lacrosse at Westfield, Princeton  and Mount Saint Mary Academy.She also officiates high school and youth lacrosse.This is her 7th year with the Hunterdon County Y.

Tristan Macor

Senior Assistant Coach

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Alecia M Poppe

Junior 1&2, LS Assistant Coach

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Joseph Chieffo

Dryland Coach

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Parents Assistance Committee (PAC)

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President: Shannon Hamilton
Head Official: Shannon Thomas
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Records: Laurie Martin
Parent Coordinator: Shannon Hamilton
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